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  • 6th April 2006

    Gay friendly policies vital in work choices

    Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — A US lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organisation has announced the results of the largest nationwide survey of the gay community.Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community in the first ever attempt to ask how important gay-friendly policies are to where gay people decide to work.

  • Naomi Campbell offered a “200 pound lesbian to kick her ass”

    Naomi Campbell was accused of  assaulting her assistant with a mobile phone in New York last month

    12:00 AM — Naomi Campbell needs a kick up the backside, according to lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell.O'Donnell challenged the supermodel to a duel after discovering she allegedly assaulted her assistant with a mobile phone in New York last month.She said: "To make matters worse she had that jewel-encrusted cell phone, that's got to score with the diamonds."

  • New law states textbooks must recognise homosexuality

    It would include sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools cannot ignore

    12:00 AM — Schools in California may be legally obliged to teach about the contributions of gay and transgender people, after a bill was passed by the state Senate this week.It would include sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.

  • Anti-gay group fails in attempt to ban Brokeback DVD 3

    Brokeback Mountain has sold over 1.4 million DVD copies so far

    12:00 AM — Worldwide retailer Walmart, has decided to sell the DVD of gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain, despite protests from a Christian Group.Anti gay group, The American Family Association, wanted to see the award winning film banned from outlets of the world's largest store claiming it would harm their family friendly image.

  • 5th April 2006

    MTV launches gay mobile channel

    MTV has launched a phone service aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    12:00 AM — An MTV channel has launched a phone service aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Logo has formed a partnership with Amp'd mobile to provide access to gay shows and advice on gay friendly places to visit.

  • Catholic university allows gay film festival

    University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom

    12:00 AM — A gay film festival has been allowed to go ahead at a Roman Catholic university.University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom, after spending two months considering allowing the event along with a screening of the Vagina Monologues.

  • Potential president backs gay marriage

    Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections,  gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights

    12:00 AM — A potential candidate for the 2008 US presidency has stated his support for gay marriage.Senator Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections, gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights in reaction to amendments in several states looking to overturn such laws.

  • International gay pride rescheduled for Jerusalem

    It will be the second WorldPride, following the 2000 celebration in Rome

    12:00 AM — Last year's postponed WorldPride has been rearranged for this summer in Jerusalem.The international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event will be held for a week in August after it was cancelled last year due to Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

  • Brokeback Mountain pushed in anti gay areas 4

    Brokeback Mountain is released on DVD in September

    12:00 AM — An online guerrilla marketing group has started a campaign to place Brokeback Mountain DVDs in anti gay areas.The Ultimate Brokeback Forum is aiming to get the gay cowboy movie into 2000 libraries in rural America and into anti gay countries such as the Bahamas.

  • New York gays must file separate tax returns

    he tax department said: “Since the petitioner's marriage to his same-sex partner is not a marriage for federal income tax purposes, it is not a marriage for New York State

    12:00 AM — Gay couples who marry outside the state of New York cannot file joint tax returns, according to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.In response to petitions filed by Lambda Legal, officials cited state tax law and said that New York same-sex married couples cannot file their taxes jointly as married couples.

  • Procreation comes before gay rights, judge says

    Judge Gary Taylor recognised the law “has a disproportionate effect on homosexual individuals“

    12:00 AM — The US government's policy of promoting procreation should overrule gay rights, according to a panel of federal judges.Judge Jerome Farris told a gay couple suing Orange County, for the right to get married, that "everything that is wrong is not discrimination."

  • Equality for gay school group

    Students sued the school district, claiming that groups including the Asian Culture Group and the Chess Club were allowed to promote events, but members of Straights and Gays for Equality  (SAGE) were not

    12:00 AM — A school has been ordered to give a gay student group the same rights as other extra curricular clubs.Federal District Judge Joan Ericksen issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Osseo School District to afford a student group supporting gay rights the same footing as other extra-curricular student groups at Maple Grove High School.

  • 4th April 2006

    Activist criticises judge’s anti-gay comments

    Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments made by a Supreme Court judge

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments Justice Antonin Scalia made recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no constitutional right to "homosexual conduct."According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, "Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual conduct? Not a hard question for me.

  • South Korean military to review gay policy

    The move answers calls from gay groups demanding the military deal with its policy on homosexuals

    12:00 AM — The South Korean Defence Ministry has announced plans to revise military laws regarding gay military service recruits.Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-ung presented guidelines for the welfare of gay soldiers to an Assembly panel, which will adhere to new human rights laws which took effect in the country on April 1.

  • Gay adoption “promising” for children 2

    The report recommends that child advocates and policy-makers take steps including moves to end legal and de facto restrictions on adoption by gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has released a report that finds there is no child-centred reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents.It recommends that they be utilised more extensively to provide permanent, loving homes for children living in state care across the country.

  • Fear of arrest results in Egyptian gays not having HIV tests 5

    “The government wants to pretend gays don't exist“ said a bisexual Egyptian

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe lack of gay and bisexual men in Egypt requesting tests for HIV has been blamed on police raids based on medical records kept at hospitals.In 2001, a number of men were arrested by police following a raid of a Cairo gay meeting point and information recorded from gay websites have resulted in numerous raids in recent years.

  • Gay senator backs gay marriage for Australians 1

    A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws

    12:00 AM — A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws led by John Stanhope, in reaction to church and political opposition.The leader of the Federal Greens, Bob Brown, described Prime Minister John Howard as a bigot for vowing to block legislation which would give gay couples equal marriage rights.

  • Gay Disney World due in 2009 1

    Mickey Mouse may need to work his magic if the gay community flocks to this new park

    12:00 AM — Mickey Mouse may no longer be the big cheese in the theme park world as animatronic gay emperors and Cinderfella look set to take centre stage in a gay amusement resort.Due in 2009, the adults only destination, named Tongziland, has been given the go ahead by the Malaysian Authorities and will be built in Johor Bahru, aimed at affluent gay travellers.

  • Gay bars raided in drugs bust 2

    he New York Police Department reportedly found marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin during the investigation

    12:00 AM — Police raided four gay bars in New York last week after suspecting illegal drug use on the premises, according to officials.The move came after a 9 month undercover investigation of drug dealing in a gay gym and clubs including Splash, and View, in Manhattan.Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: ''There was a large amount of drugs and violations of the law taking place at these locations.''

  • Moldovan is “national hero” for gay journalist murder

    Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow

    12:00 AM — The chief suspect in the murder of Russian gay broadcast journalist Ilya Zimin is being hailed as a national hero for killing a homosexual, according to newspaper reports.Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow last month, with clear signs of a violent struggle.

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